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Ontario Supports Innovative Local Food Projects

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ontario is helping the Gananoque Brewing Company and neighbouring agricultural communities showcase and celebrate their products through a special harvest festival.

The province is providing $111,000 through the Local Food Fund to help organize and promote the Gananoque Brewing Company Harvest Festival. The month-long celebration will start in late August and will feature brewery, winery and farms tours, hop picking, mill visits and a country market. The festival will attract visitors, boost tourism in the region and strengthen the market for local food and beverages.

The Local Food Fund and new Local Food Act are part of the Ontario government's broader local food strategy to promote the good things that are grown, harvested and processed across the province.

Supporting the province's agri-food industry is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths -- its people and strategic partnerships. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes about $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs.
  • Ontario food processors purchase about two–thirds of the food produced on the province’s farms.
  • The province’s investments in the Greenbelt Fund are connecting more farmers to new markets and putting more Ontario food in daycares, schools, universities, colleges, and restaurants, creating a projected return of more than $50 million — or a six to one return on investment for every dollar spent.

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“The Gananoque Brewing Company Harvest Festival will give visitors and residents alike great opportunities to experience local food and beverages through a variety of interesting agri-tourism activities. When we support the good things that are grown in Ontario, we create jobs, strengthen rural communities and grow our economy.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs

“The GBC Harvest Festival will be a month-long celebration of local food, beer and the people who make our region great: farmers, food processors, brewers, chefs, artisans and artists," said Scott Peterson, chairman of the Gananoque Brewing Company. We are pleased to being a lead role in bringing people together to get this done.”

Bruce Davis

President, Gananoque Brewing Company Ltd.

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